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Lisa C. Boggess | M.A. Professional Development Specialist

Lisa C. Boggess received her undergraduate degree and teaching certifications while at Illinois Wesleyan University, and holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from National-Louis University. Ms. Boggess is certified in Psychological Assessment, and has completed graduate work in Early Childhood Education. With more than 14 years of experience working with children and youth, her roles have included classroom teacher, private instructor, music director for children and adults, youth program director, counselor, healthy living consultant for children and adults, team-building facilitator, and published writer for a national camp curriculum. Ms. Boggess has led early childhood technology and professional development trainings, and worked directly with quality rating system assessors. She is a certified coach in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), trained in the Program Administration Scale (PAS), and has worked extensively with the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES). Currently, Ms. Boggess is a Professional Development Specialist with the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development. She provides on-site coaching, training, and technical assistance to local early childhood programs in the Kansas City area. She is a national speaker for both live and online trainings. Ms. Boggess is passionate about brain research and shares her belief that the experiences, interactions, and environment we provide to children influence their brain development and social-emotional growth, thus affecting their success in life. or (816) 604-4275

Karen Boyd | Ph.D., M.B.A Office Manager

Karen Boyd has worked in the strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing fields for over thirty years, spanning manufacturing, retail, direct marketing, education, and non-profit sectors. She also has an extensive communications and capacity building background as well as experience in operations management, performance management processes and systems, training and development, small business development, consumer and brand marketing, community outreach and engagement, communication and public relations, grant writing and management, and donor cultivation and fund raising. Her earned MBA from Northwestern University and MS in human services from Capella University provides her with a strong educational background for her professional pursuits. It is through her outreach work and board appointments with several Kansas City area organizations that she continues to pursue her primary passion of linking health, economic and education resources with under-served and at risk populations. She is a charter member of the Beta Chi Chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha, The National Organization for Human Services Honor Society, and completed her multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in human services degree requirements in 2014.

Judy Bumpus | B.A Professional Development Specialist

Judy Bumpus has over 20 years experience in social services working with people of various social and economic backgrounds in training, support and management positions. She has a strong background in business development and workforce skills development. As a business owner herself, she has provided a variety of business classes and conference presentations over her career. Judy has taught entrepreneurial and parenting skills to at-risk teenagers, reviewed business plans and provided classes for persons with disabilities, and has experience with case management, group training, and curriculum development. Judy provided input on the creation of Developing Your Family Child Care Business™ and continues to work with the Francis Institute to develop derivatives from this business curriculum. Judy also provides coaching and training for early childhood programs, as well as live and online training in Developing Your Family Child Care Business™.

Rebecca Curtis | M.S. Ed. Francis Institute Director

Rebecca Curtis has a bachelor's in early childhood education and a Master’s degree in Public School Policy and Administration from Kansas University. She is currently seeking her doctorate degree in Global Training Development and Leadership from North Central University in Prescott, Arizona. She has been in the early childhood field for over twenty-eight years. Her work includes: an infant/toddler teacher, preschool teacher, school-age teacher, Director of a child care center, Education Coordinator for Head Start, Youth Counselor, and an adjunct faculty at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley and Johnson County Community College. She was the Francis Institute Resource Center Coordinator for 20 years, and is now serving as the director of the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development. Her passion is assuring all teaching adults become lifelong learners in order to provide the best education for our children.

Annette Farrell | M.Ed. Business Marketing & Professional Development Specialist

Annette Farrell received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and is seeking a Master in Early Childhood Administration from Champlain College. Annette has worked over twenty-five years in the field of education and business. Her educational experience includes special needs infant/toddler teacher, center director, NAEYC accreditation specialist, adjunct faculty at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, and technical assistance professional. She has worked as a private bilingual consultant, coach and trainer in the Kansas City area for various microenterprises and organizations, and has trained nationally and internationally on leadership and entrepreneurial topics for diverse populations. Annette has experience working in various advertising and marketing departments and is currently the Marketing Specialist for the Francis Institute. In this role she promotes the various programs of the Francis Institute, including Francis Institute’s curricula: Strength Based Coaching® and Developing Your Family Child Care Business™ and their derivatives. Her vision is to provide the best opportunities for training and supporting early childhood practitioners to improve their intentionality and practice so children can develop to their fullest potential. Contact Annette for marketing opportunities at or (816) 604-4289.

Joy Humbarger | M.S. Business Sales & Professional Development Specialist

Joy Humbarger earned her Business and Psychology undergraduate and Early Childhood graduate degrees at Emporia State University. With over 40 years of experience, her roles have included family child care professional, classroom teacher, preschool program owner, child care center director, teacher mentor, adjunct faculty, and board member for a variety of local and regional early childhood programs and organizations. Drawing upon research, the considerable contributions of the professional development staff at Francis Institute, and her own experiences, Joy is author of Strengths-Based Coaching®, the Francis Institute curriculum for coaching adults through change. Currently, Joy provides coaching, consultation and training both locally and nationally for staff who serve children from birth to age 21. Joy’s experience as an international trainer focuses on a variety of leadership topics for consultants, child care program directors, school district coaches, and other leaders. Her repertoire includes being a facilitator for Taking Charge of Change. In her spare time, Joy is a personal coach in a Christian setting. Her work centers on her passion for finding and celebrating the strengths in each person, and providing opportunities to develop self-reflection skills to create and enhance positive growth and change in others. Joy is the point person for booking training and negotiating contracts for all of Francis Institute’s products, including Strengths-Based Coaching®, Improving the Quality of Child Care Programs through Coaching™ (online in partnership with Child Care Aware of America), Developing Your Family Child Care Business™, and our newest online course, Developing Your Child Care Business. Contact Joy to book training for your organization at:, (816) 604-4347, or toll-free(866) 676-6224..

Tiffany Green | M.A. Professional Development Specialist

Tiffany Green earned her B.A. in Child and Family Studies from Park University, and is pursuing an M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University. She has worked as a child care practitioner with school-age children throughout the Kansas City, Missouri, school district. She has experience as a Head Start Family Advocate where she worked closely with enrollment, recruitment, health, and strengths-based coaching for parents. She has also served as a program director working with staff, parents, school-age children and college interns. Tiffany has a passion for initiating community partnerships to provide and implement new programming options for children and youth. Currently, she is a coach for Francis Institute focusing on school age and youth development, a trainer for the Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI), and a national trainer for Strengths-Based Coaching® or (816) 604-4633.

Terrell Ellene Mann | M.A., M.Ed., Professional Development Coordinator

Terrell Mann is a Professional Development Specialist for the Francis Institute Resource Center in Kansas City, Missouri. With over 25 years in the Early Childhood field, she currently provides technical assistance, training and coaching to child care programs in the Greater Kansas City area. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Early Childhood Education Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She has been center director, program director and lead teacher providing childcare for infants, toddlers and preschool age children. She has also provided Early Intervention Special Education services for children birth to age five. Her personal goal is to provide adults with the tools and information they need to create developmentally appropriate environments and experiences that promote young children’s development. (816) 604-4254.

Jeffrey Matascik | B.S. Professional Development Specialist

Jeffrey Matascik holds a B.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University with an emphasis on nonprofit management and human resources. Jeff has worked with youth on the streets, in churches, schools, shelters, detention centers, mental health facilities, and in their homes mediating parenting plans and parent-adolescent conflicts. He has worked on the frontline and behind the scenes for over 15 years providing counseling, facilitating trainings, authoring curriculum and developing prevention and intervention programs for children, youth, families, institutions and communities. His extensive training in child and youth development, parenting, experiential learning, cognitive neuroscience, nonviolence, mediation and interpersonal communication equip Jeff with broad and rich resources for his work as a Francis Institute professional development specialist and trainer for school age and youth programs. He is currently collaborating with a team of Francis Institute staff to write a curriculum for youth workers to be distributed nationally. Jeff’s training philosophy is, "we learn and grow through experiences that capture the present, confront the past and carry the future." or (816) 604-4437.

Rose Munoz | M. Ed. Professional Development Specialist

Rose Munoz is a bilingual professional development specialist, holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Integrating the Arts into Curriculum. Her Baccalaureate of Science degree combines both the fields of Psychology and Social Work. Previous positions held range from Teacher Aid to Director of Child Care Facilities. She maintains an ongoing career as a Professional Development Specialist, Instructor and Resource Specialist in the Early Childhood field. Her list of specializations includes offering Child Development Associate (CDA) training to Spanish participants. In addition, Rose has served on the Missouri Accreditation, Mid-America AEYC, Missouri AEYC, and Foster Grandparent boards. Her commitment to extending quality care to children has led her to receive extensive training in curriculum (Creative Curriculum and Highscope) as well as Denver Developmental Screening Tests (Denver III). She is a CDA Council Representative and CDA advisor as well as an NAEYC validating authority, NAFCC Observer, and Command Spanish Instructor.

Pamela Simmons | M. Ed. Professional Development Specialist

Pamela Simmons has a B.A. in Psychology with emphasis in child care from Creighton University, and a M.Ed. with emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Lesley University. She has worked for over 26 years in the field of education. Her experience includes Head Start teacher, program director, center director, manager, technical assistance professional, coach, and trainer. Pamela is a certified trainer in Youth Quality Program Intervention Methods; KidzLit; KidzMath; the national science curriculum, NPASS, and the Francis Institute curriculum, Strengths-Based Coaching®. Pamela has presented at several state and national conferences. She has experience as an accreditation specialist, an adjunct faculty at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, and a SACERS assessor. She has experience supporting staff with information, strategies, support and resources to promote the creation of child and youth centered programming using best practices in the field. or(816) 604-4748.

Vicki Stein | M. Ed. Professional Development Specialist

Vicki Stein holds a M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She works as a Youth Methods Trainer and coach in the Youth Program Quality Intervention project. She served over 10 years as a member of the Missouri School Age Community Coalition board as president, treasurer, conference chair, and on numerous committees including the developing of the Youth Development Credential (YDC) for youth workers. She is currently collaborating with a team of Francis Institute staff to write a curriculum for youth workers to be distributed nationally. Vicki also teaches courses in Youth Development through Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley’s Child Growth and Development department. She has presented workshops at local, state and national afterschool conferences. Contact Vicki for more information about the YDC or the classes to help individuals prepare for application for the YDC. or (816) 604-4177.

Cynthia "Cindy" Trupka | M. S. CFLE Professional Development Specialist

Cynthia Trupka holds a B.S. degree in Family and Child Development and a M.S. degree in Family Life Education, both from Kansas State University. She has 27 years of experience in the field of child development. The first 17 years of her career were spent providing home based treatment to families with issues of child abuse and neglect, and supporting associated child care providers via training and consultation. In addition, she supervised programs including multicultural and teen parents in the urban core of Kansas City, KS. She created and utilized systems to implement the Head Start Performance Standards and provided technical assistance services to child care partner community programs at an Early Head Start Program. As a Professional Development Specialist she provides training and technical assistance to community child care providers through on-site coaching and consultation model of services, including coaching services for child care programs participating in the Quality Rating System Pilot. She develops and presents training modules based on the Missouri/Kansas Core Competencies and the CDA/YDC Fundamental Areas. She is also adjunct faculty for Kansas City Kansas Community College teaching a variety of Early Childhood Education classes.

Morgan J. Young | Faculty-Child Growth and Development Program

Morgan J. Young received her B.S. degree in Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University. She has done free-lance work in graphic design, public relations, marketing research and copy writing. Her specialties include editing, purchasing and receiving, marketing and social media. Her professional experience includes assisting with writing and designing email marketing campaigns; and working with youth at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas, as Registrar and Guidance Secretary. Her vision is to promote the mission of the Francis Institute, to expand brand recognition, and to increase program enrollment to improve child and youth development programs, first in Kansas City then, across the United States. or (816) 604-4700.

Dave Whitaker | M. Ed. Professional Development Specialist

Dave Whitaker entered the child care profession in 1987. He has since worked as a trainer, consultant, author, program coordinator, and lead teacher. He has worked with preschoolers, kindergartners, school-agers, and middle schoolers in half-day, full-day, before-and-after school, and summer programs. He has worked in a variety of settings including school, church, center, and recreation-based facilities. Dave has served on the MOSAC2 (Missouri School-Age Care Coalition) and Missouri Accreditation (MoA) state boards as well as a Parents As Teachers Family Network board. He also taught for the School-Age Care degree program at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He has a Masters in Education with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication. Since Dave came on board with Francis Institute in June 2013, he has been co-writing Treasures of the Youth Work Profession. This set of self-paced modules is designed for workers in the field to learn the basics of their profession and assemble the necessities to pursue a Youth Development Credential. (816) 604-4480.